Let students have some informative writing fun
with an autobiography.
This writing activity
combines interview skills
and writing skills
—but with a twist. Instead of examining another person’s life, students INVESTIGATE THEIR OWN LIVES—THEIR EARLY LIVES.
They discover details of themselves when they were young (or even before they were born) by interviewing relatives and family friends
. Using the information they gather, they then WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
of their early years.
This 4-page reproducible
activity includes over 50 questions/prompts
students can use with family members or friends, along with questions to jar students’ own memories of when they were very young. Included is a section of questions for students who were adopted or are in foster care.
After they have completed their interviews, students then create an autobiography
of their early years. Also included in the resource is a reproducible cover sheet
for these student autobiographies.
This classroom-tested activity is suitable for middle school, high school, and developmental and ESL college classes.
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